Post-Draft Outlook: A closer look at the Packers' picks: Round 1/26 -- Clay Matthews, LB, 6-3, 245, Southern California...As tickled as Ted Thompson was to have Raji slide to the Packers early in Round 1, the general manager eagerly wanted Matthews to fill another missing piece in the new defensive scheme. Hence, Thompson mortgaged the rest of Green Bay's first half of the draft -- a second-round pick (No. 41) and two third-round choices (Nos. 73 and 83) -- to go up to get the all-around playmaker that is Matthews. More than having strong NFL bloodlines, Matthews is a ready-made starter at right outside linebacker with his combination of tenacious run defense, unbridled pass rush off the edge and improving coverage skills. - by The Sports Xchange
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10/10/16 - OLB Clay Matthews returned to action in the win over the Giants on Sunday night. The defensive standout, who missed Green Bay's pre-bye game because of hamstring and ankle injuries, responded with his third sack of the season.
10/06/16 - OLB Clay Matthews practiced Wednesday, albeit in limited fashion, and looks to be on track to play Sunday night against the New York Giants. The defensive standout returned to the field Monday after the team's bye week. Matthews missed the pre-bye win over the Detroit Lions on Sept. 25 because of ankle and hamstring injuries.
10/03/16 - --OLB Clay Matthews practiced Monday as the team returned after a full week off for the bye. Matthews didn't play the Packers' pre-bye victory over the Detroit Lions on Sept. 25 because of ankle and hamstring injuries.
09/26/16 - OLB Clay Matthews didn't play in the 34-27 victory over the visiting Lions on Sunday. The team held its veteran standout out of the game after he endured ankle and hamstring issues during the Week 2 loss at the Minnesota Vikings. The bye week should give Matthews ample time to return and play the next game Oct. 9. Julius Peppers started in Matthews' absence Sunday with Nick Perry still manning the other outside spot.
09/25/16 - OLB Clay Matthews (ankle/hamstring), S Morgan Burnett (groin), CB Sam Shields (concussion), OLB Datone Jones (knee) and DT Letroy Guion (knee) were inactive Sunday against Detroit.